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BMW X1 - best small 4x4s

The BMW X1 is one of the best all-round small 4x4s on sale

BMW’s smallest SUV is more expensive than most other small 4x4s, but it’s abilities extend further. 

The X1 sits in the growing compact premium crossover sector, duelling with the Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40 and it’s the BMW’s sharp handling which helps it stand out. Whether you spec a front or four-wheel drive model, the X1 is fun to drive and the range of engines deliver a good mix of fuel efficiency and performance. 

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2019 saw a mid-life facelift for the second generation BMW X1 and the exterior changes were mild, although the interior gets a larger infotainment screen in higher-spec models - at 10.25 inches. 

The plug-in hybrid powertrain from the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid will expand the BMW X1’s engine line-up in 2020, providing an emissions free range of over 31 miles. Otherwise, there’s the usual mix of frugal yet punchy three-cylinder turbo petrol and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in 18i, 20i, 18d and 20d guises.

Best small 4x4s to buy now

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    1. 1. Skoda Karoq
    2. 2. Volvo XC40
    3. 3. Dacia Duster
    4. 4. Mini Countryman
    5. 5. Mazda CX-3
    6. 6. Jeep Renegade
    7. 7. Fiat Panda 4x4
    8. 8. Suzuki Jimny
    9. 9. BMW X1
    10. 10. SEAT Ateca
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